Viewport width =
March 24, 2014 | by  | in News |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

Bus Wankers

Students in Dunedin are paying less for buses, but the Greater Wellington Regional Council hasn’t budged on fairer fares for Wellington students.

A 25 per cent discount for students at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic has resulted in a “surge” of more than 800 students using the city’s public bus service every day.

18,223 student trips were recorded in the first 22 days of the discount trial, and Otago Regional Councillor Michael Deaker said patronage “appears to be stabilising at that level.”

The trial is being run by the Council along with the student associations at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic. OUSA President Ruby Sycamore-Smith said she was very happy with the numbers of students using the service.

In 2013, VUWSA campaigned on ‘Fairer Fares’ for Victoria students, but was stymied by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

The latest Draft Regional Public Transport Plan, approved by the Council on 19 March, again contained no tertiary concessions.

VUWSA Welfare Vice-President Rick Zwaan told  Salient that the Fairer Fares campaign was “still one of our core priorities”, and the organisation was “working through the most effective mechanisms” to get the fares.

Councillors voted in February this year to raise bus and train fares from 1 October. Despite ever-decreasing patronage, fare revenue is expected to rise by 3 per cent annually.

The public will be asked to provide feedback on the draft plan between 4 April and 9 May, and the final version is expected to take effect from 24 July.


Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. Cuttin’ it with with Miss June
  2. SWAT
  3. Ravished by the Living Embodiment of All Our University Woes
  4. New Zealand’s First Rainbow Crossing is Here (and Queer)
  5. Chloe Has a Yarn About Mental Health
  6. “Stick with Vic” Makes “Insulting” and “Upsetting” Comments
  7. Presidential Address
  8. Final Review
  9. Tears Fall, and Sea Levels Rise
  10. It’s Fall in my Heart

Editor's Pick

This Ain’t a Scene it’s a Goddamned Arm Wrestle

: Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided